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Going back to Zippo

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by mightywombat, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. derfyled

    derfyled Loaded Pockets

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    It might help to prolong a bit fuel's life but the real problem is the lid. That's the part that should be sealed, just like a peanut lighter.
     
  2. Jonb74

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    which brand of inserts are you guys getting for the zippos? I have 3 or 4 zippos and no longer carry them around for the same reason - fuel dries out.
     
  3. Chief-Yeah

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    I use KGM Vector Butane Standard Flip Top.You can find 'em on EBay for about $12
     
  4. Condition1

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    i have been considering going back to my zippo as well. i have been looking into the thunderbird insert. from what i have read, you have to use three times filtered butane with the inserts.

    i have been using BICs in the meantime, and they are not particularly good looking. i admit that if i go back, it is for aesthetic reasons.
     
  5. dimeotane

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    i like it!

    This is a great idea.... keep us posted how it works for you. I'll have to give it a try myself.
     
  6. Pseudonym

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    I just got a Thunderbird insert in the mail.

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    Pocket Dump 2 by Pseudonym001, on Flickr

    I like it so far, but I can't comment on longevity or anything yet.
     
  7. SAKplumber
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    Dad to the rescue!

    And it'll stay lit when you have to throw it in the gasolene that has leaked from a terroist fueltank after a you've run out of ammo. Just remember to count your shots and use the last one on the fuel tank;)

    I'm gonna aget one of these! Fuel evaporation is the reason I don't carry it anymore(I have 2).

    I'm suprised no one mentioned the iconic smell! A butane insert can't give you that.

    Thanks for the thread!
     
  8. Pseudonym

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    An update on the insert I got: it doesn't always light on the first try (in fact I often need at least 2 to get it lit), but it's definitely more windproof than a Bic and it fits in the Zippo case very snugly.
     
  9. Dan2

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    The pivoting lid of a Zippo could be sealed with duct tape or with a cut piece of bicycle inner tube, to prevent vaporized fuel leakage. If the Zippo is carried just for emergency use, the duct tape is not a big hindrance. But I am not shure how long these methods will work. I think that the duct tape works longest.

    A peanut lighter is lighter than a Zippo and does not leak vaporized fuel. It will not break in an accident and is resistant to water pressure.
     
    Last edited by Dan2, Jun 7, 2012
  10. mooshi
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    I'd gotten a slim Zippo years ago and after a while got tired of the evaporation. I've since switched to using the cheap little butane Ronson ones for longevity purposes, but still love using the Zippo at home where I can refill as needed.
     
  11. Dan2

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    The advantage of the Zippo is that in an emergency you can probably use petrol from a car. But I am not fully shure about that.
     
  12. Il Duce

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    Zippo + Thunderbird Insert = not running out of fuel or need refilling in the 6 months I've had it.
     
  13. AK Adventurer

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    I got a new zippo last month and a Thunderbird pipe lighter insert, it not only can't evap. from it, but with only a half filling or less, I used it 2 or 3 times a day for about 3 weeks before it ran out... Thing holds a LOT!

    Nice too, about the Thunderbirds, they come with a regular flame, not a jet/torch flame, so it still looks like a regular zippo when lit, and still lights with a flint wheel, so you still don't have to hold a button down to have continuous flame.

    G.
     
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